Faculty Fellows

Faculty Fellows are regular, full-time faculty who engage with the College Fellows informally through activities in the College and formally by offering seminars and other educational experiences for the students. Faculty Fellows are selected by the President of the University based on recommendations of the Senior Faculty Fellow and a committee of the Fellows of the College. Faculty Fellows are appointed for a period of five years.


 Dr. Jennifer Lynn Barnes is an assistant professor with a dual appointment in the department of psychology and the professional writing program at Gaylord College. She received her undergraduate degree in cognitive science from Yale University, then spent a year at Cambridge University on a Fulbright fellowship. She then returned to Yale, where she completed her Ph.D. in psychology in 2012. Her area of study focuses on the psychology of books, television, and the imagination. In addition to researching the cognitive science of fiction, Dr. Barnes is also a professional novelist. She wrote her first book for Random House at the age of nineteen and has since published more than a dozen young adult novels. In addition to her prolific career as a young adult novelist, Dr. Barnes has also written television pilot scripts for networks like MTV and USA.


Steven M. Cavallo, University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology, Norman, OK.  Dr. Steven Cavallo is an Assistant Professor in the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology. He developed and leads the Arctic and Antarctic Research Group in the National Weather Center, located on campus in Norman, Oklahoma. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Atmospheric Sciences that was received in 2009. Dr. Cavallo earned a B.S. in meteorology from The Florida State University in 2003 with minors in mathematics, physics, and computer science. Before arriving at the University of Oklahoma in 2011, he was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Polar Regions Research by the National Science Foundation, and carried out his research with scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. His current research focusing on the Arctic and the impact of Arctic weather in lower latitudes is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research. In 2016, Dr. Cavallo was the recipient of the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award for his research on Arctic cyclones and sea ice, which is the Navy’s most prestigious award, recognizing exceptional promise in early-career faculty for doing creative research. Additional awards include the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Macelwane Award (2004), AMS undergraduate scholarship (2001), and AMS graduate fellowship (2003). To learn more about him or his research email him at cavallo@ou.edu


Rebecca Cruise serves as Assistant Dean of OU’s College of International Studies and an Assistant Professor in the Department of International & Area Studies. She specializes in security studies and comparative politics focusing on issues of security community development, international organizations, post-conflict resolution, political participation and gender. The author of numerous articles and co-author of a book on international maritime security policy, she is currently working on a book project titled, Eastern Efficacy: Women’s Political Participation in Post Communist Europe. Dr. Cruise is a regular contributor and guest-host on KGOU’s international radio show, World Views. Additionally, she runs a Leadership program in the College of International Studies and often leads study abroad programs for the university. After receiving a BA from the University of Portland, Dr. Cruise earned her PhD from OU’s Department of Political Science in 2011.


Dr. Maria del Guadalupe Davidson is Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and Co-Director of the Center for Social Justice at the University of Oklahoma. Her research areas include: black feminist theory, rhetorical theory and criticism, and Africana philosophical thought. Her new book Black Women, Agency, and the New Black Feminism is forthcoming on Routledge Press. Lupe’s most recent publications include the co-edited volume Exploring Race in Predominately White Classrooms: Scholars of Color Reflect (2014), the article “Black Women’s Bodies, Ideology, and the Public Curriculum of the Pro-and Anti-Choice Movements in the US” (2016), and the co-edited volume Our Black Sons Matter: Mothers Talk About Fears, Sorrows, and Hopes (2016).  Lupe is currently working on a project about black women and curriculum design and she is in the beginning stages of a book project on the artist Kara Walker.


 Dr. Christan Grant is an Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma. He completed his degrees in computer science and engineering from the University of Florida. His research interests involve the union of databases and text analytics. This includes the natural language processing, relational databases, data mining, and probabilistic knowledge base assisted question answering systems. He is also building system to allow humans to work more fluently with big data algorithms. As a professor at the University of Oklahoma, in the Data Science and Analytics program, he is involved in several funded projects with the USDA, FAA, NSF, Mellon Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


 Dr. Aiyana Henry is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum. She currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Elementary Education Program in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education. She is a true generalist in her field and has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate level courses throughout her career. Dr. Henry strives to transfer her knowledge of content and pedagogy, while at the same time, cultivate interest and develop an environment that fosters interaction, growth and reflection. She currently serves as Chair Elect for the OU Faculty Athletics Council and has been recognized with the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Teaching and Advising Award. Dr. Henry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from The University of New Mexico and a Master’s of Science and Doctoral degree in Education from Baylor University. Her husband, Kevin Henry, serves as Director of Community Relations for the OU Athletics Department. The two reside in Norman and are proud parents to Emma (11) and Nash (8).


Dr. Karlos K. Hill is Associate Professor of African and African American Studies at the University of Oklahoma and Founding Director of the Distinguished African and African American Lecture and Book Series at the university. Dr. Hill specializes in the history of lynching and the antilynching movement in America. His core research aim is to uncover the various ways in which racial violence has been central to the black experience in America. Additionally, Dr. Hill’s research explores how black Americans have resisted racial violence and how black resistance has changed over time. Dr. Hill is a frequent commentator on issues of race, equity, and social justice. He has been quoted in the USA TodayNewswise, the Dallas Morning News, Texas Public Radio, and numerous times in local and regional news outlets. His weekly podcast Tapestry: A Conversation About Race and Culture has a global following. Twitter Handle: @thinking4achang


Jill Irvine is President’s Associates Presidential Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies. She is founding director and currently co-director of the Center for Social Justice. This year, she is Faculty-in-Residence at OU’s campus in Arezzo Italy. Irvine received her Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University. Her teaching and research interests include social movements, political mobilization, and transnational activism, with a focus on gender. She has written numerous books, articles, chapters and government reports on ethno-religious movements and democratic transformations in Central and Eastern Europe. Her work has been supported among other funding agencies by the National Science Foundation; the American Council of Learned Societies; The Fulbright Scholar Program, the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research; and the International Research and Exchanges Board. She is currently co-editor of Politics & Gender.


Joshua Nelson, a Cherokee citizen, is Interim Director of the Film & Media Studies Program, Associate Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma, and affiliated faculty with Native American Studies. He is the author of Progressive Traditions: Identity in Cherokee Literature and Culture, which came out with the University of Oklahoma Press in 2014, and other pieces on Native film and literature. His next book will look at representations of the body in Indigenous film, and he is collaborating on two documentary films on prominent Oklahoma American Indian figures. He is also lead organizer of the Native Crossroads Film Festival & Symposium. From 2016 to 2017 he served as a Faculty Fellow for Diversity.


 Jeremy Short is the Rath Chair in Strategic Management in the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma. His research examines the drivers of business performance in both entrepreneurial and larger firms. Jeremy’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Scientific American Mind, The Wall Street Journal, BizEd, Franchise Times, CNBC, Tulsa World, and The Oklahoman. Jeremy’s teaching has led to his recent awarding of the OU Regent’s Award for Superior Teaching. Jeremy has also written a number of traditional and unorthodox low cost textbooks including a graphic novel focusing on management and entrepreneurship (Atlas Black: The Complete Adventure), as well as a graphic novel focusing on franchising and family business (Tales of Garcón: The Franchise Players). In terms of scholarly efforts, Jeremy was recently inducted as a Southern Management Association Fellow based partially on his productivity publishing more than 80 articles and book chapters in such journals as Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Organization Science, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Academy of Management Learning and Education, and Journal of Business Venturing, among others. Jeremy has also served in an editorial capacity at a number of leading journals including Journal of Management, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Organizational Research Methods, and Family Business Review.


Todd Stewart is Associate Professor of Art, Technology, and Culture at the University of Oklahoma where he teaches courses in photography and imaging. Prior to joining the School of Visual Arts at OU in 2004, Stewart received a BFA from Ohio University and an MFA from Indiana University. Stewart began his career as photographer more than twenty-five years ago working for advertising and design clients in Columbus, Ohio and Atlanta, Georgia. As an artist and educator, his research and creative concerns center on the cultural landscape and focus particularly on intersections of history, myth, time, and perception. In recent years Stewart’s practice has increasingly become interdisciplinary in nature, utilizing a diverse set of strategies for both active observation and representation. Stewart is the author/co-author of two books: Placing Memory: A Photographic Exploration of Japanese American Internment (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008) and Picher, Oklahoma with Dr. Alison Fields (University of Oklahoma Press, 2016). His photographs have been exhibited widely throughout the United States, recognized by museum curators at the The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Photographic Arts, Santa Diego; and publication editors including those from Aperture and the New York Times Magazine.


  Charles (Ben) Watson is an Assistant Professor of Classics in the College of Arts & Sciences. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Oxford, all in Classical Languages and Literature. As a classical philologist, he focuses on Cicero, ancient rhetoric, and Roman law, and has broad research interests in Latin and Greek prose. He has written the first scholarly commentary on Cicero’s Divinatio in Caecilium (the first speech in the Verrine corpus), and he currently researches innovative ways to analyze persuasive discourse in the ancient world. He came to OU in 2014 and has recently taught courses on the Rise & Fall of Rome, Love & Loss in Latin Poetry, Classical Rhetoric, and other advanced courses in Latin literature. Prior to joining the faculty at OU, he was a lecturer at Oriel College and St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Lawrence.